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SKIIER DRAGS GATE along DURING FOURTH-PLACE RUN

SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy — With Bode Miller taking this season off, Christof Innerhofer has taken over the reins of the World Cup circuit's most daring skier. In a wild downhill that Adrien Theaux won by a large margin, Innerhofer grabbed most of the attention by finishing fourth after skiing halfway down the course with a gate attached to him. About a minute into his run, the Italian got his left arm wrapped around a gate and the bright fluorescent orange panel and long pole caught onto his equipment.

SLALOM: Frida Hansdotter held on to her first-run lead to win a women's World Cup race in Lienz, Austria, making her the main candidate to take over the discipline title from the injured Mikaela Shiffrin.

BASEBALL

NYC official castigates Yanks

The leader of the New York City Council says she is "very disturbed" by the Yankees' trade for LHP Aroldis Chapman, the Reds All-Star closer under investigation for domestic violence. Major League Baseball and Florida prosecutors are looking at allegations that Chapman pushed and choked his girlfriend and fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami area house in October. Urging the Yankees to reconsider, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito accused the Yankees of "condoning this kind of violence when you bring him on to be part of this team."

OBITUARY: Former Red Sox 3B Frank Malzone, a six-time All-Star and a member of the club's hall of fame, died at his Needham, Mass., home. He was 85. Mr. Malzone played for Boston from 1955-65 and had 131 homers and 716 RBIs, club records for a third baseman.

SOCCER

Leicester drops out of first

Leicester relinquished first place in the English Premier League heading into 2016 after drawing 0-0 with Manchester City. Arsenal leads Leicester — the surprise team of the season — on goal difference, with third-place City three points behind after half of the league campaign.

OBITUARY: Pavel Srnicek, a former Czech Republic goalkeeper who also played for Newcastle, died nine days after collapsing while running. He was 47.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: World No. 9 Richard Gasquet withdrew from the Australian Open because of a back injury. The Grand Slam tournament starts Jan. 18 at Melbourne Park.

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